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Likely Story

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Light, soapy summer read about a teen soap writer.

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LIKELY STORY has a fun concept. The daughter of a soap opera star is writing a "realistic soap opera" about teens. The real story is not the soap, but the real life drama Mallory has to handle. Unfortunately, the book seems to be one big set-up for the sequel. Readers are left with flat, one dimensional characters that don't develop well enough for readers to care about any of them. Also the plot twists are predictable, readers will see Mallory's mom's power trip from a mile away.

Mallory delivers some pretty funny lines and the banter between the characters is, at times, giggle worthy. She's insightful, funny, and quick-witted, a great narrator. There may not be amnesia or alien abductions in this fast-paced novel, like you'd find on Mallory mother's show, but the story is grounded in soap opera reality -- right down to a blow-out argument that ends with someone falling into a pool.

Book Details

  • Author: David Van Etten
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Publication date: May 13, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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